Wednesday, March 22, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 34
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Should SLO allow night hiking in public spaces?

Yes, I need my fix of night hiking and biking, especially during the short winter days.
No, I think that might disturb the wildlife that occupy those open spaces at night.
No, have you not heard of mountain lions?
People hike at night anyway so might as well make the change.

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Parks and wreck: Nipomo residents say fees  paid by its development unfairly  funded facilities elsewhere in SLO County

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Parks and wreck: Nipomo residents say fees paid by its development unfairly funded facilities elsewhere in SLO County

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

An abandoned mattress. A rotting wooden pallet. Crumbling cement parking stops. Graffiti. Plastic Solo cups. Broken glass. These are the things to avoid when skateboarding the spot where the Nipomo Community Center used to stand. It burned down in the early 2000s. The building was privately owned at the time—no longer part of the community—and the vacant lot that... [ Read More ]

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Breaking News

SLOStringer killed in early morning crash near Cuesta Grade

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A local photographer and freelance news reporter with a large online following was killed in a rollover accident and vehicle fire in the early morning hours of March 21. Matt...
Tuesday, March 21, 3:18pm

 

News

Jury mulls verdict in CalCoastNews defamation lawsuit

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A years-long legal battle neared its end March 15 as jurors began their deliberation in a defamation lawsuit brought against the CalCoastNews website by a local businessman. ...

Cal Poly senate wants exit interviews, review of departures

By PETER JOHNSON

During the years 2015 and 2016, Cal Poly SLO saw 28 percent of its African-American faculty, 20 percent of its African-American staff, and 36 percent of its African-American a...

Supervisors slapped with Brown Act complaint

By PETER JOHNSON

A Paso Robles rural landowner is claiming the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors skirted the Brown Act at its March 7 meeting. In a March 8 complaint to the County C...

Supervisors uphold Phillips 66 rail spur denial

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

As the County Board of Supervisors began its two-day hearing March 13 to decide one of the county’s most controversial proposed projects, dozens of protestors gathered acros...

SLO city open-minded on marijuana but affirms ban

By PETER JOHNSON

The San Luis Obispo City Council re-affirmed its status quo ban on all cannabis-related businesses at a March 14 meeting, but it’s leaving the door open to future changes as...

After decades of effort, SLO County is poised to adopt oak woodland protections

By PETER JOHNSON

When The Wonderful Company-owned Justin Vineyards and Winery decimated thousands of oak trees west of Paso Robles last summer for new grape plantings, the San Luis Obispo Coun...

Commentary

Assigning blame

By KATHY RIEDMAN

In Al Fonzi’s opinion piece, “Inflammatory rhetoric versus reason,” (March 2) he writes that he is concerned that “the current rhetoric surrounding the Trump presidenc...

Truth as casualty in public policy

By AL FONZI

Editor’s note: This column was written prior to the March 14 Board of Supervisors meeting. To read about the Philips 66 rail spur vote, click here. This week will witness...

Letters

A couple of things ...

By Charlee Smith - Templeton

Anna Plotkin's opinion piece ("At the crossroads," March 9) is a poignant and inspirational tale of legal immigration, which very few people oppose. Her last paragraph, howeve...

I protest because I don't want to lose my civil rights

By Gail Chambers - Big Sur

I hope it is not too late to respond to Gary Wechter’s and Matt Foote’s commentaries about the Republican Party being in charge and the protests going on across the countr...

Supervisors should think again on marijuana

By Mike S. Diaz - San Luis Obispo

So the SLO County Board of Supervisors, while drafting its marijuana ordinance, intends to make sure that it “also bans recreational dispensaries countywide” (“SLO Count...

Great journalists hide their bias

By Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

Editor’s note: This letter is unedited. Staff Writer Chris McGuinness is a male.  While reading Chris McGuinness’ 3000+ word, news article, “Activism, action, and sol...

Shredder

Nice and juicy

Following San Luis Obispo County’s political whims since January have been like walking into a gas station convenience store. I want a candy bar but there’s also Flamin'...

Street Talk

What recreational need does your community have?

John Marchetti Hakeem Sanusi Meghan Hoetker Dana Tryde

Strokes and Plugs

Helping hand

By KAREN GARCIA

Inmates from the California Men's Colony have collaborated with the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) to raise $2,000 in an effort to give back to their community....

Arts

Connecting with nature: Trancing Out exhibit explores oneness with the wild

By RYAH COOLEY

A big pile of red, carrot dirt was dumped into the yard. Dad said it was their Christmas present. A young (and future artist) Irene Hardwicke Olivieri and her siblings weren'...

A little pick me up: Rock art project comes to SLO city parks

By RYAH COOLEY

Sometimes it’s the little things that have the power to turn life around. This came to mind when Sahvanna Ettestad, communications specialist for the city of San Luis Obisp...

Just like magic: Fly off on that broom to LA and visit Hogwarts

By RYAH COOLEY

The happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland. The happiest place, without a doubt, is the Wizarding Word of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. It’s Saturda...

Show up SLO

By RYAH COOLEY

On March 18, use your talents—be they baking, writing, or painting—to show SLO city some love. Love SLO, a day of giving back to the community, kicks off at 8 a.m. with a...

Dance like there's no tomorrow

By RYAH COOLEY

After having a blast riding a sweet vintage scooter as part of the Rides of March event, there’s only one thing left to do: dance! Head on down to Kreuzberg in downtown SLO...

Runnin' rainbow

By RYAH COOLEY

Let your body be a human canvas of color, get some exercise in, and raise some money for a good cause all in one go on April 8. Sign-ups are happening for the SLO Color Blast...

Blast from the Past: Patterns

By GLEN STARKEY

When? 1956  |  What's it rated? NR  |  Where's it available? DVD and Blu-ray, streaming on Amazon. Fielder Cook (The Philadelphia Story, 1959; A Big Hand for the Little...

SLO Film Fest 23: Reviews for March 16-18

AGE OF CONSEQUENCES What’s it rated? NR What’s it worth? Streaming Where’s it showing? March 16 at 10 a.m. at Downtown Cinemas and 4:30 p.m. at The Palm  Age of C...

Music

Dominic Castillo returns from Portland to share songs from his new jazz EP at the Steynberg Gallery on March 16

By GLEN STARKEY

“My handsome twin brother is coming down from Portland to celebrate his new jazz album with us here in SLO,” Damon said wryly. “He’ll be joined on drums by Brent Folli...

Film

‘Beauty and the Beast’ charms, entertains, and enlightens

Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters. Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate, Mr. Holmes) directs this live action adaptation of Disney’s animated musical fairytale about a young prince (...

Flavor

Life, love, and Libertine: SLO's most eclectic brewery's got grub, caffeine, kombucha, and a wicked vinyl collection

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

A wiry and wild-eyed acrylic painting of Iggy Pop overlooks the fermentation room nestled in the corner of Libertine Brewing Company’s newly expanded Broad Street location. ...

Hayley's Pick

Use up that sexy citrus

Blood oranges, tangerines, Meyer lemons, limes—all of this delicious citrus is in season right now! Plus, thanks to recent rains, Central Coast residents are reveling in a b...

Hot Dates

Eastern ensemble

Traditional and contemporary music and dance originating from the North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean region will be showcased by the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest...

A look back

The work of Los Osos artist David Jonas will be presented in an exhibit at Art Center Morro Bay titled David Jonas, A Retrospective, March 23 through May 1. An opening recepti...

Concert and a movie

The documentary film Hearing is Believing, which highlights musician and composer Rachel Flowers, will be screened at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo as a part of the S...